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Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children

Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children

November/December 2020

Kids who can't help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. MUSE is perfect for any kid interested in science, history, and the arts. Grades 5-9

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United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
muse mail

Save the Red Wolves! I’ve only read a few articles, but immediately I knew Muse was awesome. I really like the Muse News false story and the doodle space. The last issue I read (Feet First, April 2020) had talked about “foot binding.” Honestly I’d rather have no husband instead of giving up running. I would like a Muse article on endangered animals. My family and I went to a “living museum” and they had a red wolf. The lady there told us that only 40 were left in the wild, and 200 in captivity. It makes me sad when animals die because of humans (red wolves get killed by people who mistake them for coyotes). If this letter goes in the FMP, I will send an army of CATS! They…

2 min.
hope on the rise

In response to the February contest, a reader from Colorado shared a recipe for zebra cookies that were much more than sweet treats. Dana Perella, age 10, bakes for a non-profit she founded called Cookies4Cures. We had to learn more! What inspired you to start making and selling cookies for a good cause? When I was little, I went to speech therapy and met a friend named Mila. She was really sweet and bubbly, and just like me she had a stutter. Eventually, I became better, but she became worse. A few years later, Mila was diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease called Batten. I had to help her, so I started baking and selling cookies to raise money for research to find a cure. The research I helped fund led…

4 min.
muse news

PALEONTOLOGY Ancient Anchovies Were Fearsome Hunters Today’s anchovies are bite-sized fish. Some people like to eat them on top of pizza. But the anchovy’s ancestors were no pizza topping. These predators were big and toothy. Researchers studied fossils of two ancient fish related to anchovies. The fossils are around 50 million years old. The larger fish was about 3 feet (1 m) long when it was alive. Scans showed that both fish had a mouthful of pointy teeth. And both fish had one giant fang pointing downward. The fang was so big that it stuck out from a fish’s closed mouth. Weirdest of all, the fang was slightly off-center. The long-ago anchovies looked funny, but other fish weren’t laughing. Their size and big teeth suggest the anchovy ancestors were predators. TECH DESK Wheels with a Wiggle ROVERS…

5 min.
science and us

Like many students, Kat Huang participated in science fairs. Her favorite part was the public viewing. She liked sharing her work with everyone from 5-year-olds to professional engineers. But she loved the moment when—click—someone understood. When science made sense. “I found that I enjoyed not just doing the science and doing the research, but also talking about it and making sure people of all backgrounds are able to understand what I was working on,” she says. This is the power of science communication. Kat says science communication is “not about adding more science to your life. It’s about giving people more appreciation for the science that’s already in their life.” Putting the STEAM in STEM Kat’s experiences with science fairs piqued her curiosity about communicating science. She thought it might be interesting to…

1 min.
how to make a makeathon

So you want to host a Makeathon? Follow in Kat and Parin’s footsteps by using some of the steps they took as your guide. 1 Find a mentor: Kat reached out to the STEM program coordinator at Boston University, whom she met through a science fair. 2 Schedule a location and date: Get help from your mentor to find a location. Consider local universities, schools, and science museums. Science and Us held their first Makeathon at Boston University. If an in-person event isn’t possible, consider a virtual meet-up. 3 Get food: Plan to keep your participants energized with snacks or lunch. Feeding a group is expensive. Ask for food donations from local organizations. Science and Us also reached out to various grant programs, foundations, local businesses, newsrooms, university groups, and other science communication organizations. 4…

4 min.
carl smith

Carl Smith, 17, cares about climate change because it’s happening right in front of his eyes—and it’s serious. Super serious! The dire situation at home has turned him into a climate activist. In September 2019, he flew from his small village of Akiak, Alaska, all the way to New York City. He joined forces with 15 other young people who came from all around the world. Their group included well-known climate activist Greta Thunberg. They submitted a legal complaint with the United Nations (UN). It accused five countries of not cutting back enough on pollution. They claimed that broke an international treaty protecting children’s rights. The 16 also marched through the city streets. Tens of thousands of protestors were striking for climate action! And they went to the United Nations headquarters to…